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Welcome to the WattsUP Book Collection. Below is a collection of books I’ve read so far in 2022.

Mike’s Top 5 Books of 2022

Will by Will Smith & Mark Manson. This book is in the Top 3 books I will read this year. The story of this book is from fear to love. I love how this journey is for a man from Philly to become a global superstar.  It is always funny when you read a book about someone’s life.  Now I feel like Will, and I are best friends.

The Rest of the Books:

The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous. I believe Bitcoin is the future of the world. Maybe that isn’t the coin that will run the world, but there is something to what is happening with finance.  We have watched the stock market only go up over the past ten years, which isn’t sustainable. I have started to learn about the crypto market, and it is blowing me away with the capabilities that exist here. The future allows the people who haven’t been able to get into the financial markets to get into the game. This market is going to be a game-changer.

 

Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success by Gary Vaynerchuk.  I loved this book so much because it talked about the “soft” skills needed to run a business. I would call them the feminine qualities necessary inside men to grow and develop to make sure we are well-rounded individuals.

If you have an existing business, this book is fantastic because of Gary’s examples and how to go about handling them. There are over 60 pages of business examples and the best way to manage them. This book is perfect because of those examples.

If you run a business, this book will be helpful.

 

Then It Fell Apart by Moby. Moby was a legend when I was a teenager but learning about what was happening behind the scenes during that time is incredible.  He is a man on a journey searching for clarity on his life experience. He has done this with no money and millions of dollars. This read can be depressing because he beat up his body. But he made it through and is still out there living his truth.  It is incredible to know Moby and see how he is growing in the world of humanity. Thanks, Moby, for sharing your journey.

 

Be Less Dickish by David Coates.

Be Less Dickish is a detailed and introspective look into the behavior of the aggressive asshole, the submissive pussy, the imitative douchebag, and the victimized dick. David Coates and Corey Kilpack reveal how and why these men do what they do.

I took the above part from their book page on Amazon. I enjoyed this book since I realized I am/have been one of the above throughout my life. Over the past five years, I have been working out of all behavior. I realize I show up in different parts of my life and act like other characters. I didn’t even know I was doing it. Disclosure, David is my therapist, and I have been working with him for over five years. I would recommend this book to anyone who identifies as a man to work through their shit. It isn’t easy, but this is a great framework to help this process.

“They Can’t Kill Us All” Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Ear in American’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery. This book talks about a reporter’s experience being on the ground when the protests were happening around the United States. I hope we as humans can get to a place to listen and feel each other.  As a man reading this book, this is an experience I will never know. But I can empathize with the writer and the people going through this pain. I can consider their side and how I can show up in the world. Unfortunately, we get so caught up on who side we are on that we have to protect this side until we hit the grave. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work and can cause more damage to the people around us.

Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad.  Well, when you move to Miami, it is good to learn about the history of this place.  Miami has been built on the backs of the cocaine industry. We have to understand how everything works to move forward in the world. The story of how everything worked in Miami is pretty insane, and this book does a fantastic job laying out the information. When it comes to this industry, as citizens, we need to understand the role the government has played in it. The government plays a big part, and they are never held responsible or admit to their wrongdoing.  The citizens of these countries are the ones that pay the price for these actions. If you desire to understand how the Cocaine industry happened in the United States, then this book is for you.

 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to review my reading list for 2021. Please send me a message on IG, @mikejwatts, for further book recommendations or if you have any questions for me.